Accuracy Analyst for Next Generation Missile Systems

Systems Engineering
FPS - Force Projection Sector

Are you passionate about applying your analytical skill to questions in strategic deterrence and defense?

Are you an expert on missile guidance or submarine navigation for existing strategic systems that is looking to reach out into new domains?

Do you enjoy exploring data from weapons tests?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a Weapon System Accuracy Analyst to help us evaluate the system-level accuracy of the nation’s future strategic deterrent, including the D5LE2 submarine-launched ballistic missile, the Air Force's Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, and other future systems. (D5LE2 SLBM).  This is an opportunity to work with a talented and inclusive team developing accuracy requirements and executing architectural trades for next generation weapon systems, ensuring US interests are met through 21st century.  We leverage subsystem-level expertise to inform assessments on the system-level effects of lower-level modifications to the system and develop computational software that leverages linear filters for flexible evaluation of architectural alternatives, and support system-level evaluation of existing strategic systems by leveraging statistical expertise  

As a Accuracy Analyst for Next Generation Systems you will...

  • Perform system-level and subsystem-level requirements development and verification procedures for next generation systems
  • Model system performance and assess architectural alternatives 
  • Provide expertise in subsystem design considerations
  • Assess strategic system performance and mission effectiveness
  • Interact with sponsors and representatives of other organizations

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have...

  • A B.S. in physics, applied mathematics, engineering, or related technical discipline with 5+ years of relevant experience that includes working in strategic deterrence domain area or flight systems analysis.
  • Strong computer and programming skills
  • Experience using modeling and simulation tools.
  • Knowledge of platform (submarine and/or missile) dynamics, navigation, guidance, and control.
  • Strong knowledge of linear and nonlinear filters and associated computational challenges
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • The qualifications needed in this job also include initiative, interest in skill development and the flexibility to accept assignments of varied scope and skill.
  • Are able to obtain Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain Secret level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.


You'll exceed our minimum requirements with experience in any of the following...

  • M.S. or PhD. in physics, applied mathematics, engineering, or related technical discipline with 5+ years of experience strategic deterrence domain area or flight systems analysis.
  • Strong object-oriented programming experience and proficient with C++, MATLAB, or Python
  • Expertise in requirement development and verification for strategic systems, including environment definition
  • Knowledge of next generation inertial measurement units and sensors
  • Experience with maximum likelihood estimation using Fisher information
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated ability to present to high level government sponsors
  • Hold an active Secret or higher level clearance.


Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

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